Want to work backstage on a professional theatre production? We have two paid placements for 18-25 year olds interested in Set Design or Stage Management, working with renowned production company Darkfield, who create cutting edge immersive experiences inside shipping containers!
You’ll be working with the Darkfield team to create their new show ARCADE, which previews at Ventnor Fringe before transferring to Edinburgh.
Darkfield transform shipping containers into realistic sets, and use binaural 360 degree sound (3D audio), complete darkness and a variety of sensory effects, to put each audience member at the centre of an intense story. It’s like a mix between a theatre show, being inside a video game, and being on a ride.
Their new show, ARCADE, is inspired by the nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic of 1980’s video games, and explores themes of free will and the evolving relationship between players and avatars.
Paid Set Design Placement (18-25)
This placement is a great opportunity to develop some practical skills, contribute to the build of the show, and gain valuable real world experience working on an innovative new theatre show. You’ll be working with the build team to ensure the safe construction and install of a temporary venue. Throughout the process, you’ll work closely with the Production Manager following their guidance and adhering to safety protocols. This placement opportunity would provide you with practical experience in carpentry, construction techniques, and teamwork, allowing you to develop valuable skills in the field.
Your responsibilities during this placement will include:
Complete various scenic and painting tasks during the build process
Assisting with the build team to install the internal walls to the container
Work with the technical team to better understand the practical considerations when designing the set
Assist with the get in and placement of the ARCADE units during the get in
Assist with various other get in tasks as required
Assist with the get out and dismantling of internal build of the container
There is a set fee of £500, to cover your time and expenses. Find out more, including dates, and apply here
Paid Stage Manager Placement
This is a great opportunity to work as part of the technical team running the show, develop skills using show control technology, gain valuable real world experience working as part of the backstage team on an immersive theatre show. There’s no actors in this show, it all takes place through headphones and other sensory effects, your job responsibilities will include:
Participate in the get in and get out: loading/unloading the van, running in cables, helping check all the arcade machines work.
Shadow the technical manager working on the show, understand safety considerations during the performance, and learn the show running.
Run the rig check at the start of the day. Ensure all headphones, lights and arcade machines are working. Flag any issues or concerns with the technical manager.
Learn the power up and power down process – under supervision of the Technical Manager.
Participate in show reporting documentation
This is a paid role, with a day rate of £100 to cover your time and expenses. Find out more, including dates, and apply here